Sheffield United defender Anel Ahmedhodžić has revealed a desire to play for Manchester City in the future, speaking during a new interview.
The Bosnian defender has proved a huge hit since his summer move from Malmo, for a fee of around £3m that looks more of a bargain with every game the defender plays.
The 24-year-old has been a mainstay in the Championship club’s system so far this season, registering a total of 33 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals and providing a further two assists in the process.
He’s even catching the attention of some of the game’s best ever players with Alan Shearer pinpointing the defender for praise in a BBC broadcast earlier this month.
“I don’t think it’s wrong for me to say that if Sheffield United are not playing in the Premier League next season, then I think this guy will be,” Shearer said.
Will certainly see Ahmedhodzic attracting interest from other clubs – both in England and overseas – regardless of what division United find themselves in.
Anel Ahmedhodžić may have the opportunity to impress Pep Guardiola in the coming weeks, as Sheffield United take on the reigning Premier League champions in the FA Cup semi-finals in late April.
Speaking during an interview while away on international duties with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Anel Ahmedhodžić has admitted a desire to one day play for Manchester City, having watched his nation’s hero Edin Dzeko play for the club.
As translated and relayed by BH Live, Anel Ahmedhodžić told NOVA BH, “Well since I was about 10 years-old, and Edin Džeko started playing for Manchester City, I’ve always followed City.
“And after Džeko, my favourite player was Yaya Toure. Since then, I’ve watched Manchester City every time they play. That means I’d like to play for City in the future. I love the football they play.”
These Anel Ahmedhodžić’s comments shared on Twitter gathered a number of replies from a wide range of Man City supporters.
@shaxxszn: “Our pull on this coming generation of players is going to be ridiculous man”
@TadMCFC: “We have the streets”
@RexMcfc: “Our pull is massive”
@BernardoTouch: “We are finally at that point where younger players actually grew up supporting or at least following City since they were children. It was only a matter of time…”
@r0drx16: “Txiki, you know what to do. Stones understudy right here.”
@r0drx16: “Yessssss. Bring him here Txiki.”
@MexicanSavagev8: “Would love him at City tbh, I think he can become a top player, he’s got decent pace and he’s tall”
@Ridz18_: “The Next John Stones.”
@MexicanSavagev8: “I wouldn’t mind him at city he’s class for Sheffield United.”
@ClaireMulcahy17: “He has actually played really well in the few games in the cup, let’s see how he looks against us”
Without doubt – Man City fans are spot on Anel Ahmedhodžić could be our Next John Stones.
A player tailor-made For Manchester City’s system, the centre-back can deal with the physicality and he is capable in terms of bringing the ball out of defence and spotting a pass.
Obviously, there are areas of his game that he needs to improve and it would be interesting to see how he’d cope in a back four, but he has all the tools to go a long way in the game. Plus, at 24, his best years are ahead of him.
He has not only showcased his defensive skills but also he has been in the goals too, whether that is from set-pieces or if he is bombing into the box down the right flank – he can seemingly do it all.
Ahmedhodžić is under contract at Bramall Lane until 2026. The Blades will almost certainly fend off any bids for him if they’re in the Premier League next season, but I’d say they will almost certainly lose him if they squander their chances of promotion and remain in the Championship.
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